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President Barack Obama is greeted by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on the tarmac during his arrival on Air Force One at Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport in Springfield Wednesday.
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President Obama Discusses Current Political Climate, Recalls Time In Springfield

In an address before the Illinois legislature Wednesday, President Barack Obama told lawmakers that people around the country are turned off by the current "poisonous political climate'' in the U.S.  He also reminisced about his days in the Illinois legislature and his first lessons in politics.

An Optical Coherence Tomography image from Stephen Boppart's Lab
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Cancer Researcher On Breakthroughs, Translational Research And New Imaging Center

In the State of the Union address last month, President Obama announced a “moonshot to cure cancer.” We still haven’t heard many details of what this will entail - other than Congressional budget requests of $755 million in the 2017 budget. Closer to home here in Illinois, Dr. Stephen Boppart is one of the many people who could help make that “moonshoot to cure cancer” a reality. Wednesday morning, the University of Illinois announced he will be the university director of the new GSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging.

President Barack Obama returns a salute as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,Wednesday.  He's headed to Springfield.
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What Will Obama’s Springfield Speech Be About?

President Barack Obama is returning to Illinois' capital at the twilight of his political career.  White House aides say Obama wanted to return to the place his career started to discuss how the U.S. can "build a better politics'' in which Americans aren't so starkly divided by race, religion or political party.

Barack Obama announcing his candidacy for president in Springfield in 2007.
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In Illinois, Obama To Plead For Unity That’s Eluded Him

President Barack Obama's speech Wednesday to the Illinois General Assembly comes nine years ago to the day after he stood before the Old State Capitol in Springfield and announced his run for president.
 

Former Indiana State Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb
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Pence Picks Fmr. Indiana GOP Chair Holcomb For Running Mate

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named former Indiana GOP chairman Eric Holcomb to be the state's new lieutenant governor, replacing Sue Ellspermann, who's stepping down to pursue the presidency of Ivy Tech Community College.

Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
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UPDATE: Illini Softball Player To Face Charge Of Vandalizing Menorah

A member of the University of Illinois women's softball team, Ruby A. Fernandez-Rivera, has been issued a notice to appear in court in connection with the weekend vandalizing of the menorah outside the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign.  She's been suspended indefinitely from the team, while the other student involved, identified only as a male gymnast, will miss the next two competitions.

The front entrance to the Champaign Public Library.
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Champaign Library Starting Over In Search For Director

After an effort that began last fall and came down to four finalists, the Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees has decided to reopen its search for a new director.  Board President Martin Wolske says this decision was not a reflection on the quality of the candidates.

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Gas Tax, 911 Surcharge Among Legislative Ideas Backed By Local Officials

Local elected officials are endorsing a series of measures for state legislators to look at as way of solving the 8-budget impasse.  The Champaign and Urbana City Councils are reviewing some of those proposals in meetings this week after those bodies and others discussed them with lawmakers last week.